May 12 Obituaries

Ruth Evans, 61 Mrs. Ruth Evans, 61, of Dora, died Tuesday, May 11, 2004, at her home. She was born on May 30, 1942, in Alma, Okla., to Vera and Walter T. Lane. She graduated from the Velma-Alma High School in 1960 and went on to study at Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha, Okla. […]

Lawmaker: Gorham situation ‘disappointing’

David Arkin An eastern New Mexico lawmaker said in-party GOP fighting that led to the resignation of the party’s leader is disappointing. State Sen. Ramsay Gorham on Wednesday resigned as chairwoman of the state Republican Party. She doesn’t plan to seek re-election to her Senate seat. Gorham has been under fire from some party members […]

Four running for county commissioner

Tony Parra Tuesday was the last day for people to declare their candidacy for Roosevelt County positions, and one particular position received a lot of attention. There are four candidates for the District 2 commissioner’s seat: Harvey Teague, David Sanders, Charles May and George Martin. Incumbent Chad Davis decided not to run for re-election. Sanders, […]

Mayor sticking to local politics — for now

Mike Linn For the next two years the only offices Mayor Orlando Ortega will hold will be in his hometown of Portales. The Democrat on Tuesday made public his decision to not seek the District 66 position with the New Mexico House of Representatives. But Ortega said he plans on running for the position when […]

Tucumcari grieves death of mayor

TV Hagenah TUCUMCARI — The mayor of Tucumcari, Calvin Litchfield, 60, died at home early Wednesday morning. Tucumcari Emergency Medical personnel responded to a call from the Litchfield residence on Sixth Street at 6:36 a.m. Wednesday for an individual apparently suffering from a heart attack. He was pronounced dead at Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital […]

Hound baseball looking for fresh start

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By Dave Wagner Veteran Eastern New Mexico University baseball coach Phil Clabaugh is looking forward to a fresh start for his team in 2004. The Greyhounds had a miserable time last season, going 12-39 overall and winning just four of their 24 Lone Star Conference South Division games. Clabaugh, who helped revive a defunct program […]

ENMU guard: a coach on the floor

Dave Wagner PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University senior point guard Brent Cooper can think of no bigger assist than to pass along his knowledge of the game. A two-year starter and steadying influence for the Greyhounds, Cooper said he’d like to be able to coach someday, probably at the high school level. “I enjoy […]

Portales chooses new city manager

By Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer tony_parra@link.freedom.com The verdict is in and the city of Portales will usher in a new city manager when Debi Lee of Hobbs takes over the position in mid-December. “We selected her unanimously,” D.K. Shafer, city council member, said. “I believe she really likes Portales. She’s got […]

Oasisi State Park ranger bids farwell

PNT Staff There is a position open for an Oasis State Park ranger, after Brad Nance recently stepped down from the job to pursue another passion, being a paramedic with the Clovis Fire Department. “I was doing it before and it was something I loved doing,” Nance said. “I wanted to go back to helping […]

Officials narrow finalist list for city manager

Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com A former Eastern New Mexico University student and New Mexico-native. A dentist turned politician who loves challenges. And a former city manager with 15 years experience. One will be Portales’ next city manager. Debi Lee of Hobbs, Richard Elliott of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Michael Steele […]